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Exclusive: New Documentary Delves Into the Killings by Ed Buck

Victims of Buck

AMC Networks' streaming service for Black TV and film, ALLBLK, announced Tuesday that the documentary film Beyond Ed Buck would begin streaming February 24.

The documentary explores the deaths of Gemmel Moore in 2017 and Timothy Dean in 2019 at the hands of Democratic political donor Ed Buck. Last July, Buck was found guilty of giving the men fatal doses of methamphetamine, among other charges.

Beyond Ed Buck examines the “internalized homophobia, the psychological root of predatory behaviors, and to provide a deeper exploration of challenges faced by the Black and Brown LGBTQ+ community,” according to a press release.

It also analyzes the ways in which systemic social and economic inequalities have forced vulnerable groups like LGBTQ+ people into being the victims of predators.

Poster for Beyond Ed Buck

The film is co-executive produced by Jayce Baron and Pose star Hailie Sahar.

Sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Beyond Ed Buck features interviews with several notable figures and industry professionals including Sahar, Raniyah Copeland (former president and CEO of Black AIDS Institute), Dr. Gregory Canillas (LGBTQ+ psychologist), George M. Johnson (award-winning author), Shar Jossell (journalist and media personality), and others.

During last year’s trial, prosecutors had tens of thousands of texts, voice mails, and videos that laid out Buck's rampant drug use and his fetish for injecting Black men with hard drugs and then having sex with them, often when they were too high to consent. Some of Buck's victims who survived — several of whom were homeless and just looking for a place to sleep for the night — wept on the witness stand and told the jury how Buck would also inject them without their approval, including when they were already unconscious. Buck's racism was also on display to the jury with witnesses recounting his use of slurs and Blackface-type masks.

Watch the trailer for Beyond Ed Buck below.

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